David Brooks, Feb 2nd.....
... in Iowa on Monday night we saw the limit of Trump’s appeal. Like any other piece of showbiz theatrics, Trump was more spectacle than substance.
Many supporters may have been interested in symbolically sticking their thumb in somebody’s eye, but they are reality TV watchers, not actually interested in politics or governance. They didn’t show up. We can expect similar Trump underperformance in state after state.
Brooks has the pulse of all things political. Rarely have Americans been blessed with such an insightful and knowledgeable corporate-media columnist.
If you are paying attention to today's VSP's, you know that today's "save the GOP" contingency is calling, calling, calling for "consolidation". The ignorant notion being that if only Cruz, Kasich and Carson would drop out of the GOP primary race, then.....GOP primary voters in remaining states would all give their votes to Rubio, thus nullifying a Trump victory. Too many Clowns, as it were, are spoiling the GOP primary soup.
Awhile back....I searched but I could not find the post....I asked readers if they could foresee Cruz, Rubio, Jeb, Christie or Kasich conspiring together to select one of their number to go one on one with Donald Kong. Was it believable, I asked, that for the sake of saving the GOP from a Trump nomination, those five Clowns would pick one from among their group to go on while the others all dropped out. I suggested at the time that that would not happen.
It is true that since I asked that question, Jeb and Fat Tony have dropped out....leaving only Cruz and Rubio left to battle the Kong. Some would include Kasich....I don't. But as we have now seen in the two latest primary/caucus results.....the only way for Trump to be challenged for the nomination is if either Cruz or Rubio agrees to get out. If you combine the votes of Cruz and Rubio together from yesterday's Nevada caucus you'll come up with 45.3% of the total vote. Trump won Nevada with 45.9% of the total vote.
The Very Serious are busy today concocting various and sundry scenarios in which either Cruz or Rubio gets out now before it is too late to stop the Kong. Here is but one of those, a rather imaginative scenario....
Here’s what needs to happen: Rubio needs to call Cruz and offer him either the vice presidential slot or a nomination on the Supreme Court – the actual best place for Cruz – in return for Cruz throwing all of his support to Rubio. That would put Trump behind the eight-ball in a serious way. Cruz would likely hold out for the vice presidential nomination, given how many enemies he has in the Senate; he knows he can’t count on them to confirm him even if nominated.
But the deal needs to be cut. Only a Rubio-Cruz alliance will save the party from Trump. And both men need to put aside their differences for the good of the country and conservatism.
The National Review's Jonah Goldberg offers this...
What would the deal look like? A Rubio–Cruz ticket. Cruz won’t work at the top of the ticket for the simple reason that too many GOP quislings fear Cruz more than Trump. But a unity ticket — a la Reagan–Bush in 1980 — in the form of Los Hermanos Cubanos might just do the trick.
Dream on you clueless dudes. Even if Cruz and Rubio could agree together on one of those crackpipe dreams....Super Tuesday is but 6 days from today....so: way too late.
6 days from today.....Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia will hold primaries. Trump leads in all those states except for Texas and Arkansas where Cruz has a very small lead. GOP delegates will be awarded proportionally next Tuesday....but after Suoer Tuesday, all GOP primaries are winner-take-all.
Cruz and Rubio, and to a lesser extent, Kasich, are staying in until at least after next Tuesday's big primary event. Kasich thinks he can score big in Michigan March 8th and compete with Trump in his home state of Ohio on March 15th.
The point here is that "consolidation" at this late date seems virtually impossible....and even if Cruz and Rubio cut a deal, another impossibility in my book....it still seems way too late to de-throne the Kong.
But that will not stop the VSP from sussing out every possible imaginary option to stop the Mighty Kong. Very soon, all of this outrageous denialism will end....and the sad reality of a GOP-Trump candidacy will slowly be accepted.
Even though those VSP's will be oh-so-shocked with a Trump nomination.....in a matter of days after the reality sets in....they will be cheering on the Kong with all that in them is.
Why? Because, like David Brooks at the top of this post, they're real smart.